English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Major Settlement in the Parish of Bedale

Historical Forms

  • Borel(l) 1086 DB 1184 RichReg 1285 KI
  • Burel(l) 12 Easby 1282 YI 1283 Rich 1316 Vill 1400 YI 1572 FF
  • Burrell 1568 FF


This, as Professor Ekwall suggests, may be a compound of OE  burh and hyll. Cf. Burghill (He).